Review: “It’s Just Your Imagination: Growing Up with a Narcissistic Mother – Insights of a Personal Journey” by Revital Shiri-Horowitz


What an incredible journey: Growing up with a mother who doesn’t support you is a really tough challenge and one that many fail to survive. Shiri-Horovitz tells her own story with the intellect and precision of an analytical and reflective person, vulnerable but not a victim; well, clearly a victim of circumstances but not one to merely point the finger and just sit back and feel sorry for herself.
Inspiring at times, painful at others, refreshingly honest, informative and helpful are some of the words that spring to mind. Something that has the potential to help thousands of people and an amazing journey that is compelling to watch.
Having read the author’s other books it’s great to hear her own voice in a biographical context. I had no idea there had been so much pain and struggle in her life. All the more reassuring that people can pull through, as…

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New Release: “At Least the Pink Elephants are Laughing at Us” by Chris Westlake


At Least the Pink Elephants are Laughing at Us by [Westlake, Chris]I’m a big fan of Chris Westlake’s previous novel “Just a bit of Banter, Like” and was super excited to find his latest book. The story centres around three comedians in what might become some kind of reality-book extravaganza. But, there is more: The chosen three have nothing in common and are all linked only by childhood trauma and their upbringing in Bridgend, Wales. They are an odd trio and soon we wonder why has Herbert chosen them as his central characters? Is he writing the story line before it unfolds…?

In true form, Westlake writes in his signature warm and humorous style. The characters are well chosen with some hilarious laugh-out-loud moments as well as some subtler tones. The overall sentiment, the character portrayals, the story lines and the denouement are all really good and satisfying.
I enjoyed this as it reminded me of the best bits of…

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Janet & Chris Morris’ Storm Seed reviewed by Andrew P. Weston


Storm Seed by Janet & Chris Morris, is #7 in the Sacred Band series and this new release is the Author’s Cut edition from Perseid Press.

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 Andrew P.  Weston says:
“What do you think might happen when a precocious immortal child who has never felt a father’s love throws a tantrum?
Or when an obsessed witch who has sold her soul to profanity fixates on the object of her desires, setting out to possess him at any cost?
What about the daughter who has fought long and hard to be accepted as an equal in a man’s world?
Or the lover, desperate to be taken seriously as a soulmate and partner?
In Storm Seed, you find the answers to all these questions – and more – as the avatar of the storm god Enlil gathers his scattered forces from the length and breadth of the universe to do battle…

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A Day in the Life of a Window Cleaner. (or another hairy tale!)

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(One of my sparkling clean skylights)

I cannot stand cleaning my windows. Going by the round my window cleaner covers, I don’t think I am alone in this aversion. It’s hard, dirty work and apart from not liking it, I don’t seem to be able to get that fabulously clear finish, that professionals shine.

If I attempt washing my own windows, I end up doing them at least three times before giving up and looking out of misted, streaked windows for the next several weeks until my window cleaner comes and sorts out the mess of them I have made.

So a few years ago, I decided that I won’t bother wearing myself, my sponge, or my patience out ever again.

Great! I can hear you all cheering my independent spirit! But leaving my windows has left my window cleaner with a slight problem. To clean the skylights in my…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Do characters all have to be super heroes, brave, unfallible and larger than life? Honouring realism and the right to be human by Christoph Fischer

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Welcome to the second post by Christoph Fischer from his archives. As we develop our heroes are we in danger of creating them all as perfect, strong and able to leap tall buildings?

Do characters all have to be super heroes, brave, unfallible and larger than life? Honouring realism and the right to be human by Christoph Fischer

A recent comment about one of my fictional characters brought up the following thoughts in me.

I know that bravery, attractive cheerleaders and bulging biceps alpha males are the stuff that great dreams and heroic tales are made of.

Of course it is inspiring to read about the people who are fearless and unbreakable.
Authors want to write role models and set good examples.

So characters can become brave, unfallible and larger than life, so that the readers find them likeable and make your book a bestseller.

What about the more normal…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Is history the agreed upon lie? by Christoph Fischer


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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Is history the agreed upon lie? by Christoph Fischer

Today begins a series of posts from the archives of author Christoph Fischer who in his research for books has found it difficult at times to discover the truth of events. History is usually written by the victors…. in the days before World War I and II the only source of information was state owned media in print and then in radio. If that is the only truth you are fed then it will colour your observations and also recollections of events.

Is history the agreed upon lie? by Christoph Fischer

I must say that this is an excellent question and one that I have often thought about…

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Can Animals Feel Pain?

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I am back in Regency writing mode. My hero has just leapt on his noble steed and is about to gallop off to rescue fair maiden when his horse turns a fetlock (or whatever horses turn  – note to self – horse anatomy research needed!)

And so I am thinking about the animal’s suffering.

The subject has been in the news recently. Some political hogwash or other. Can animals feel pain?

Well of course they can. We all know what happens when we accidentally tread on the dog’s tail. He yelps, leaps away with hurt, accusing puppy dawg eyes, and makes us feel awful. However, a cat’s reaction is a little different – they yowl horrendously before immediately getting you back with spitting teeth and a set of knifelike claws! Either reaction says the same thing. Animals definitely feel pain.

But I had an experience last year that made an…

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